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Michael Apted

Holdover 'Argo' beats four newcomers on slow moviegoing weekend

Moviegoers had four new films to choose from at the box office this weekend, but "Argo" — the well-reviewed film that has been out for 17 days — still seemed like a better option to most.

Ben Affleck's political thriller claimed the top spot at the multiplex with $12.4 million, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. That's the second-lowest No. 1 of the year, behind the $9.3 million "The Possession" took in during its second weekend of release in September. Still, "Argo" — which has been in the runner-up position for the last two weekends — is well on its way to becoming a hit with a total of $60.8 million so far.

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